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What types of aviation accident injuries can receive compensation under Texas law?

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Accidents or injuries can happen any time from recreational flying vehicles, private jets, small personal aircraft or large commercial planes. Even a seemingly small crash or hard landing can result in a variety of wounds. These injuries are important to see a doctor for, or at the very least, keep a careful eye on them. Usually, shock and adrenaline kick in and mask the actual effects of pain and injuries after an aviation accident. It can take some time to notice you are seriously hurt. 

In short, any injury you sustain from an aviation accident may be valid for a lawsuit. Even emotional or physiological pain and suffering, or low quality of life, such as being afraid to fly, can be brought to court to seek compensation. When you trust a company or person to do their job and keep you safe, you deserve justice for their negligence. 

Watch out for these injuries during or after a plane crash 

It is essential to seek medical attention right away after any plane incident, even a hard or fast stop on the tarmac. You have up to two years to decide if you want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit due to the crash, but it is best to act right away so evidence is available and new evidence can be gathered. 

During a crash, or soon after a crash, you might suffer from: 

  • Whiplash, which can develop years after the accident
  • Broken bones or crushed bones or limbs
  • Hairline fractures that may hurt later
  • Cuts, burns, bruises or road rash
  • Concussions or brain and head injuries that develop over time
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Blunt force trauma to the brain or body
  • Brain or head injuries that develop over time
  • Paralysis
  • Chest or lung injuries 

Accidents are usually due to someone’s negligence 

Numerous standards and protocols are used to keep everyone safe on a plane — from governing the design, inspection, maintenance, pilot training and evaluation of equipment. Unfortunately, many severe or deadly crashes are entirely preventable. In fact, most airplane crashes occur due to the negligence of maintenance personnel, teams who build the plane, aircraft crews, pilots or airplane management. 

We can utilize many experts and resources to discover who was at fault for the crash: 

  • Flight data or cockpit voice recorders
  • Aircraft operation, procedures or maintenance manuals
  • Maintenance and inspection staff or records
  • Flight plans, crew training or air traffic control records
  • Crash photos and videos from various sources 

All injuries are important and deserve fair compensation when the crash was not your fault. The first step after an aviation accident is to care for yourself by seeking medical attention. The second step is to determine if you want to pursue a lawsuit regarding the crash. When you contact an attorney to start the lawsuit, they will handle the evidence gathering and utilization of experts to begin to build the case for you.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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